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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 19, 2007

Students in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed for the 22nd annual Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day celebration at the Hilton Anatole on November 9th for an enthusiastic crowd of over 600 fundraisers and donors. The Greater Dallas Chapter is one of the largest in the country and this year’s president is Dr. Mary Brumbach, vice president of resource and economic development. As a result of their performance, the ensemble, led by Professor Elaine Gardner-Morales, is receiving scholarship funds.

Students interested in learning a new or secondary language could have access to new immersion programs for learning and travel. Aaron Ostrom, Ph.D., dean for Special Programs, had two guests at the college recently. Alejandra Vicencio, international representative for Escuelas y Centros de Espanol en Latino America (ECELA) and representing immersion language institutes in Argentina, Chile and Peru, Ms. Vicencio visited Spanish classes and presented study abroad opportunities for students to Spanish faculty and students. The college has worked with ECELA to promote intensive Spanish study in South America since 2005. John Hunter, representative for Lacunza International House in San Sebastian , Spain , also visited to explore the possibility of developing a cooperative agreement so that students can study Spanish.

Brenda Dalton, dean of student services; Rodger Bennett, executive dean of the School of the Arts; and Michael Dennehy, executive dean, Social Science Division, all participated in the Academy for Advanced Leadership through the Chair Academy. Leaders from post-secondary institutions around the world took part in the program. The program goals include cultivating growth and development by engaging in collaborative inquiry, and dialogue and discovery on the most contemporary and up-to-date theory and research on leadership. The first part of the program was a three-day set of seminars followed by a six-month practicum before they will return for another three-day workshop.

Students, employees and especially military veterans welcomed Chancellor Wright Lassiter as the speaker for Brookhaven College’s Veterans Day celebration on November 8th, which was sponsored by the Brookhaven College Student Government Association. Dr. Lassiter shared a story about receiving an Army uniform one Christmas as a young boy and having a clear memory of people offering him a salute when he wore it. With more than 20 years of active and reserve duty, Dr. Lassiter said that he was “invited” into the United States Army to serve during the Korean Conflict and later invited to serve as an officer. He shared a letter he received that honored the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen and recognized the contributions that all veterans make both in services to their country and as citizens upon their return to civilian life.




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